Alex Whalen
Policy Analyst

Alex Whalen is a graduate of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, and of the UPEI Business School. He joined AIMS in May 2016 and has been Vice President since January 2019. [read more]

Laraine Sleigh
Office Coordinator

Laraine is the Office Coordinator with AIMS, responsible for all front office administrative functions. Laraine has over 20 years working in executive assistant/administrative positions in the corporate and public sectors. [read more]

Drue MacPherson
Student Programming & Outreach Coordinator

Drue MacPherson began at AIMS in June 2017 as an intern, through the Institute for Liberal Studies 2017 Summer Fellowship Program. With family ties to Cape Breton and Halifax, she is a deep-rooted supporter of Atlantic prosperity.

Senior Fellows

Ian Brodie Dr. Ian Brodie

Dr. Ian Brodie is an associate professor in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary.  He is a director of the Canada Health Infoway and the Institute for Research on Public Policy.  [read more]

Sylvain CharleboisDr. Sylvain Charlebois

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is a renowned scholar for his work on food policy, safety, distribution, and security.  [read more]

Rodney CliftonDr. Rodney Clifton

Dr. Rodney Clifton is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba and Research Director for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. [read more]

Dr. Brian Lee Crowley
Past President

Dr. Brian Lee Crowley is a Senior Fellow and a former President of AIMS. Currently, he is the Managing Director of the MacDonald-Laurier Institute [read more]

Ross HaynesRoss Haynes, QC

Ross Haynes, QC, retired in 2015 from legal practice, having been a counsel with McInnis Cooper and head of an independent boutique law firm for 20 years. [read more]

PLPatrick Luciani

Patrick Luciani is a Senior Resident at Massey College and Co-Director of the Salon Speaker Series [read more]

DMKDavid MacKinnon

Mr. MacKinnon was awarded a Centennial Fellowship by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and York University to study at York, Harvard and Oxford Universities [read more]

RMurrayDr. Robert Murray

Dr. Bob Murray is the Managing Director of Dentons Canada LLP’s Government Affairs and Public Policy practice group. [read more]

Dr. Mark Raymond

Dr. Mark Raymond is Chair, Department of Economics, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. [read more]

Robert Roach

As Director of Insight on ATB Financial’s Economics and Research team. Rob examines the economic and social forces that affect Albertans’ quality of life.  [read more]

DZDr. David Zitner

Dr. David Zitner is the Founding Director of the Medical Informatics program at Dalhousie University [read more]

David Murrell

David Murrell, PhD, is an Honorary Research Professor at the University of New Brunswick at Fredericton.  [read more]


SBDr. Stephen Blank

Dr. Stephen Blank has experience in the business, academia, and not-for-profit sectors as an expert in a range of fields [read more]

Peter Fenwick

Peter Fenwick is a freelance journalist, commentator, and entrepreneur [read more]

BFDr. Brian Ferguson

Dr. Brian Ferguson, PhD is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Guelph who focuses on the economics of healthcare [read more]

HKHarry Koza

Harry Koza is Senior Analyst for Canadian markets at Thomsonreuters’ IFR Markets.  Mr. Koza has been a prospector, metallurgist, project manager, engineer, mining promoter  [read more]

AMBAngus McBeath

Angus McBeath is considered one of the top educators in North America. As superintendent of the public schools in Edmonton, Mr. McBeath led the ongoing effort to improve student achievement in that city’s public school system. [read more]

Meredith McDonaldMeredith McDonald

Meredith McDonald specializes in politics and public policy. Her most recent article (co-authored with Ted Morton), “The Siren Song of Economic Diversification: Alberta’s Legacy of Loss,” was published by the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. [read more]

AWDr. Alex Wilner

Dr. Alex S. Wilner is a post-doctoral fellow with the Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) [read more]

JWJulia Witt

Julia Witt, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Manitoba.

MZMichael Zwaagstra

Michael Zwaagstra is a public high school teacher, education researcher, and author. He has extensive teaching experience at a variety of grade levels and currently teaches high school social studies in Manitoba. [read more]

Research Associates

Joseph QuesnelJoseph Quesnel

Joseph Quesnel is from Northern Ontario and now lives in Antigonish in eastern Nova Scotia with his wife Melanie. Joseph is Quebec Metis by heritage and interested in Indigenous issues [read more]